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Understanding Participation: A Literature Review

The 50-page Understanding Participation: A Literature Review review brings together different bodies of literature on participation, including literature on community development, volunteering, public participation, social movements, everyday politics and ethical consumption. It looks at the historical and current drivers of participation, the activities and actors of participation and different theoretical approaches that contribute to a better understanding of participation. It closes with our emerging ‘participation framework’ that we aim to further develop and refine in the subsequent stages of the project. This literature review forms […] (continue)

People and Participation.net

People & Participation is based on the U.K.-based organization Involve’s successful 2005 book by the same name. The book provides a useful summary of participatory methods and practice but given the number of methods and speed of the development of new methods it is impossible for a printed publication to stay accurate for long. The reason for transferring People & Participation to the web is to allow us to maintain more, and more up-to-date information about participation. It also allows site users to add their […] (continue)

New Economics Foundation (nef)

The UK-based New Economics Foundation, or "nef," is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first. (continue)

Learning and Voting in Britain: Insights from the Deliberative Poll

After some roadblocks, the authors finally mounted a Deliberative Poll centering on electoral choice, this in connection with the British General Election of May 1, 1997. The weekend before the election, a random sample of the British electorate was gathered to the Granada Television Studio in Manchester, given a chance to consider the some of the key economic issues in the General Election campaign then entering its final days, and, at the end, polled on voting intention. (continue)

One Discourse, Three Dialects: Changing the Social Model in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States

For each country, the paper includes a brief review of the historical roots of the welfare state, a presentation of the current welfare mix, and an examination of recent employment-oriented social policy reforms that are designed to support low-wage labour markets by 'ending welfare as we know it' and helping to 'make work pay.' A particular focus is on the ways that the welfare mix of families, especially poor families, has altered due to changes in the labour market, family structures, and state policy. The reason for this emphasis is that much of the recent policy reform in these three liberal regimes has been directed towards families with children, especially those with market incomes. (continue)

Public Participation in the United Kingdom: Two Models for Increasing Public Power

In this paper the author outlines two models of public participation. Both aim to deepen the influence of local participating citizens on decision-making processes. Given that neither model has been systematically implemented in the UK or abroad, they are best thought of hypotheses. Both represent challenges to develop systematic methods for encouraging and increasing the influence of local citizens in political decision-making processes. The rationale for each model is based on existing models of practice in the US, Switzerland and the UK. (continue)

Europeans have a Say: Online Debates and Consultations in the EU

This report provides an assessment of the European Union's online initiative "Your Voice in Europe." (continue)

Extending Public Consultation via the Internet: the Experience of the UK Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing Electronic Consultation

This paper considers the use of electronic consultation as a deliberative mechanism for risk regulation in relation to genetic testing. The author explains the methodology used and assesses the limitation and benefits of the process. A number of barriers are identified such as the reluctance within the United Kingdom advisory committee system to extend consultation, the cost associated with extended consultion and the relatively low level of public engagement in the process. (continue)

Public Attitudes, Scientific Advice and the Politics of Regulatory Policy: the Case of BSE

This paper considers the analytical-deliberative aspects of the policy formulation for the health risk - bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). (continue)


LogoLink is a global network of practitioners from civil society organizations, research institutions, and governments working to deepen democracy through greater citizen participation in local governance. LogoLink encourages learning from field-based innovations and expressions of democracy that contribute to social justice. (continue)